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If a meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm and at 6:30,6:35, and even 6:40 pm, the committee/commission does not have a quorum, at what point are they forced to adjourn and reconvene when they have a quorum and have supplied the proper notice accordign to Robert's Rules?

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If a meeting is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm and at 6:30,6:35, and even 6:40 pm, the committee/commission does not have a quorum, at what point are they forced to adjourn and reconvene when they have a quorum and have supplied the proper notice accordign to Robert's Rules?

The meeting should be called to order without a quorum, and then they adjourn when they feel like it, and can recess instead if they would like to wait for more to show up. There is no 'deadline'.

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"Before the presiding officer calls a meeting to order, it is his duty to determine, although he need not announce, that a quorum is present. If a quorum is not present, the chair waits until there is one, or until, after a reasonable time, there appears to be no prospect that a quorum will assemble. If a quorum cannot be obtained, the chair calls the meeting to order, announces the absence of a quorum, and entertains a motion to adjourn or one of the other motions allowed . . . ."

RONR (11th ed.), p. 348, l. 34 to p. 349, l. 7.

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If this was not done, and instead committee members called other members not present in an attempt to get them there (in light of community members present regarding a specific agenda item), then waited 20 minutes and finally garnered two more members, would they be in violation of RONR based on page 348, I. 34 to p. 349, 1.7?

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If this was not done, and instead committee members called other members not present in an attempt to get them there (in light of community members present regarding a specific agenda item), then waited 20 minutes and finally garnered two more members, would they be in violation of RONR based on page 348, I. 34 to p. 349, 1.7?

This wouldn't invalidate anything that was done at the meeting, if it were actually called to order and transacted business with a quorum.

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If this was not done, and instead committee members called other members not present in an attempt to get them there (in light of community members present regarding a specific agenda item), then waited 20 minutes and finally garnered two more members, would they be in violation of RONR based on page 348, I. 34 to p. 349, 1.7?

No, since after the members had been called, one could interpret a 'reasonable time' as including time for members who are known to be arriving late to arrive. And in any case, had the meeting been called to order, it would have been in order for a member to move to Recess to allow the other members to arrive, and then continue the meeting once a quorum had been attained.

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